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Children's Literature in Primary Schools



May 2013 | 208 pages | Learning Matters
How can you help children to develop a love of reading and books?

 

Trainee and experienced primary school teachers need an advanced knowledge of children's literature for effective teaching.

If you are training to be a teacher, this is your guide to the range of and scope of children's literature for the primary classroom. Through the exploration of different genres it covers a wide range of literature and helps you to consider what we mean by literature. Case studies that model good practice are included with suggestions for practical activities using literature to enhance teaching across the curriculum. Throughout, book recommendations show how specific texts can be used for teaching in exciting and innovative ways.

 

About the Transforming QTS Series

 

This series reflects the new creative way schools are begining to teach, taking a fresh approach to supporting trainees as they work towards primary QTS. Titles provide fully up to date resources focused on teaching a more integrated and inclusive curriculum, and texts draw out meaningful and explicit cross curricular links.

 

 
Introduction
 
Developing a Love of Reading
 
Sharing Literature with Children
 
Literature across the Curriculum
 
Books for Younger Children
 
Picture Books
 
Stories and Poems from and about Other Cultures
 
Traditional Stories and Fairy Tales
 
Fiction which Addresses Issues
 
Fantasy and Magic
 
Classic Fiction
 
Everyday Fiction
 
Poetry
 
Conclusion
 
Appendix 1 : Glossary of Terminology for Poetry
 
Appendix 2: Model Answers to the Self-assessment Questions
 
Index

This is a particularly useful book for trainee teachers and NQTs. It covers key aspects of the children's literature most frequently taught in schools but starts from the premise that developing a love of reading is paramount.

Branwen Bingle
Worcester University

This book is a useful guidance for primary teachers on how to encourage reading for pleasure and share literature with children. It explains how literature can be used to enhance pupils' learning across the curriculum and explores different genres of fiction.

Mrs Malgorzata Hirst
School of Education, Hertfordshire University
October 7, 2015

I am delivering a specialist English module and have a session especially dedicated to exploring children's literature which this will support. I like the case study approach and clear references to other research. The format of these is clear for the reader, especially the more visual reader as it helps to support and local where the information has been previously read.

Ms Gemma Bunkle
Faculty of Edu & Children's Services, Chester University
June 18, 2015

I am delivering a specialist English module and have a session especially dedicated to exploring children's literature which this will support. I like the case study approach and clear references to other research. The format of these is also clear for the reader, especially the more visual reader as it helps to support and locate where the information has been previously read and sourced.

Ms Gemma Bunkle
Faculty of Edu & Children's Services, Chester University
June 18, 2015

A very useful text to support trainees' understanding of why, if they are to become effective teachers of primary English, they need to cultivate knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of children's literature. This book has direct relevance to the requirements of the 2014 English national curriculum ( 'national curriculum' now, apparently, a common noun!).

Mr Keith Baty
Faculty of Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
October 13, 2014

An accessible book that gives a good overview of the different genres a trainee primary teacher needs to be familiar with. It also provides ideas for using literature to support the wider curriculum.

Mr Andrew Connell
School of Public Policy and Professional Practice, Keele University
August 5, 2014

This is easily accessible to first year students who are studying how children learn to read and the types of literature available.

Anne Bradley
School of Education & Professional Dev, Univ. of St Mark & St John
July 22, 2014

Very accessible text which will enhance our library stock

Mrs Ruth Livingstone
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June 27, 2014

This is a very practical and lively book. Excellent ideas to follow up on and ideal for anyone working with Early Years and Primary. In fact we have now recommended the book for teachers on the additional course I teach on - Primary English and Maths Coordinators. The book makes for both interesting and 'easy' reading which enables the reader to been drawn in to the ideas for teaching which can only benefit the pupils/children.

Mrs Helen Quintrell
Department of Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 20, 2013

A very good introduction to the use of children's literature in the primary school

Dr James Holt
School of Education, Chester University
November 12, 2013

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David Waugh

David Waugh is a former deputy headteacher who worked in ITT from 1990 at the University of Hull, where he led the PGCE course and became Head of Department. In 2008 he was appointed as one of two (the other being Wendy) National Strategies Regional Advisers for ITT. He is currently lectures at Durham University. He has published extensively in primary English, as well as developing e-learning resources for National Strategies for English, mathematics and mentoring and coaching. David also writes children’s stories, including The Wishroom, which was written with 45 children from 15 East Durham primary schools and published in 2017. More About Author

Sally Neaum

Sally Neaum is a lecturer in Early Childhood, and teaches Primary English in initial teacher training. She has worked as a nursery and primary school teacher, as an advisor in early years and inclusion. She has an M.Ed in Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs and her doctoral research was in the pedagogy of early literacy.  More About Author

Rosemary Waugh

Rosemary Waugh is a linguist and classics teacher at Queen Margaret's School, York. She collects children's literature and has lectured on the subject for the University of Hull, and contributes to conferences and publications on children's literature.  More About Author

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